‘A right royal celebration!’ – The Queen’s 90th birthday weekend in pictures from parties in Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth and more
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There were some right royal celebrations going on at the weekend as groups braved the weather to throw their own garden parties and events for the Queen’s official 90th birthday.
At the Garden Square Shopping Centre in Letchworth, there was a street party and stalls organised by marketing company Flying Saucer Creative, to raise £550 for Garden House Hospice Care.
At Hitchin Priory, a garden party organised by Hitchin Initiative was moved under the marquee because of the rain, but that didn’t stop everyone enjoying themselves and the music from the Hitchin Band and their German friends, the KKM Sponshiem Band, who also performed in the town’s St Mary’s Church the previous evening.
The Stevenage Farmers Market Committee threw an EIIR Tea Party at The Green in the Old Town, inviting along those who were also marking their 90th in 2016.
Lisa Baynes said: “It was such a good day. We want to thank everyone who donated to the party and Kasey Conboy for making a card for the Queen.”
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There was a 1940s and 1950s-themed street party at the Guysfield care home in Willian while Pimm’s was the order of the day at Quantum Cares Providence Court care home in Baldock.
At Highbury Infants’ School in Hitchin children wore king and queen outfits and patriotic red, white and blue at their celebrations.
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In Woodland Way in Stevenage, neighbours threw their own street party where they had their own queen, Margaret Sankey who had also just celebrated her 90th birthday.
In Arlesey, 400 people flocked to their Party In The Park on the recreation ground, organised by the Arlesey Community Events Group.
Chair Sam Ward said: “We had a good turn out of about 400 people, everyone got into the spirit of things and we sang happy birthday to one of our guests who turned 82.
“We had a beer tent and party games and Gothic Mede Pandas cheerleading squad opened the show. It was a really good day.”
Kimpton Primary School held a picnic and street party and raised more than £400 for village charities.
Preston’s Princess Helena College is the only school to have the Queen as its patron, which meant four members of staff and four students attended the Patrons Lunch in London and capture pictures of the Queen, while back at the school there was a garden party.
Year 10’s Maria Cunningham said: “The Queen looked amazing. We enjoyed her speech.”
Headteacher Sue Wallace-Woodroffe said: “We are truly privileged. The atmosphere both on The Mall and at Saturday’s garden party was wonderful, supportive and encouraging.”
Pupils from Stevenage’s Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School shared a picnic with town mayor John Lloyd and mayoress Joan Lloyd. while more than 200 children and visitors took part in the garden party at Ardeley St Lawrence Primary School.